Whether you’re a blonde, brunette or ginger, you might have heard of both silver shampoo and silver conditioner. So far, so good. But how, and not least why should you use a purple shampoo for your hair? What exactly does this “panacea” for light and grey hair do? Read on and I will guide you through everything you need to know about this magic shampoo with colour pigments here (Pssst! later on in this post, we’ve put up a video that shows how to use a purple shampoo including before and after!)
Have you previously experienced that your hair turned orange after bleaching or maybe your hair became yellowish and dull after a long vacation in the sun? Or what about the times when you’ve wanted to freshen up your bright hair colour without having to pay through the nose for a trip to the hairdresser? In these cases, a silver shampoo can be very useful. But let’s start out with an explanation of what a purple shampoo that brightens your hair really is:
What is a purple shampoo?
We have many names for the things we love, and purple shampoo is one of them! Because "purple shampoo" as well as "silver shampoo” are exactly the same thing. Both are shampoos that instantly brighten your hair and remove orange hair tones from bleaching, exposure to direct sun light, or other causes for warmer hair undertones. Besides bleaching, your hair colour can fade and damaged by a variety of things, especially if you have lighten hair color. UV rays, chlorinated water, and salt water are among the most common reasons why your hair is discoloured or with time gets a yellow or orange tint.
In short, a silver shampoo is designed to help you get rid of the yellow and orange tones so your hair keeps its delicate, cool, and light colour, which was most likely why you had it bleached in the first place.
Purple Shampoo Before And After:
*Purple shampoo before and after - using HairLust Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo For Blondes. Results may vary from person to person.
Purple Shampoo (Silver Shampoo) VS. BLUE SHAMPOO
A shampoo containing purple colour pigments, a purple shampoo, is suitable for light, blonde, bleached, or greyish hair with yellow tones. The blue shampoo, on the other hand, is suitable for neutralising red tones in brunette or dark blonde hair.
If in doubt, I recommend choosing a purple shampoo (also the most popular), because a blue colour pigment shampoo can cause light hair to become light green, and i'm sure most people want to avoid that.
How does a Purple Shampoo Work?
But why exactly does a purple shampoo contain purple colour pigments? The magic of a shampoo that lightens the hair simply consists of the purple colour, and you might remember from school or art class that purple is opposite yellow on the colour wheel because they are complementary colours. This means that the purple pigments in a silver shampoo neutralise the unwanted warm, yellow tones in your hair and gives it a fine, light, and cool hue. That’s why a purple shampoo efficiently maintains your hair colour for longer and is very good for removing that unwanted warm hue from blonde, light, or grey hair.
Ingredients In Purple Shampoo - What to Look For
Let's be honest! Ingredients and product declarations are incredibly confusing for us mere mortals, who don’t straight away recognise the Latin or chemical names for plants and other ingredients. Have you ever checked a purple shampoo label and wondered what “Cl 60730” means? Read on in this article, because the ingredients of a silver shampoo have an immense impact on the effect and the final result.
Look for: THE LIGHTENING EFFECT
The single most important ingredient in silver shampoo and conditioner is no doubt the purple colour pigment, which gives you that lightening effect and the delicate, cool hue. The colour pigment often used is CI 60730. Quite simply, CI 60730 is a purple colour pigment (hence the name “purple shampoo”) that neutralises yellow hair and orange hair shades, which highlights the silver hue and colder tones of light and grey hair.
Look for: THE NOURISHING INGREDIENTS
While colour pigment in silver shampoo and conditioner provides the lightening effect, it is also important to ensure the products have a high content of good, nourishing ingredients. Especially when dyed or bleached, light hair needs extra care because chemical treatments can damage the hair, and without proper aftercare they can leave the hair dry, frizzy, and damaged.
If you find that your hair has become discoloured, dry or orange after bleaching or dyeing, it is even more important that you specifically look for moisturising ingredients when choosing a good silver shampoo for lightening your hair (also remember the conditioner!).
It is always a good idea to choose a purple shampoo (and hair care products in general) that contain nourishing and moisturising ingredients, which are beneficial for both hair and scalp. When looking for a silver shampoo, I always look for products that contain:
- Aloe Vera - which is incredibly good for both hair and scalp, plus it is packed with good enzymes, minerals, amino acids, and vitamins that effectively maintain the scalp's natural pH balance, while its high content of antioxidants helps fight free radicals and protects skin and hair cells, ensuring that moisture and nourishment can penetrate both more deeply.
- Mango Extract - has moisturising, colour-protective, and antioxidant properties, protects against UV rays and stimulates hair regeneration as well as collagen production (a MUST in a silver shampoo).
- Blueberry Extract - has antioxidant, antibacterial, and exfoliating properties beneficial for a delicate or irritated scalp, plus improves hair elasticity and makes your hair shine.
- Liquorice Root Extract - has anti-inflammatory properties and is known to reduce irritation and redness as well as stimulate the scalp.
- Apricot Kernel Oil - rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and E, which nourish and nurtures the hair.
- Sweet Almond Oil - packed with minerals, vitamins A, B, and E, plus omega-9, -6, and 3 fatty acids, which fight free radicals and keep hair healthy and protected.
Look for: INGREDIENTS RICH IN PROTEIN AND VITAMINS
Because hair is mainly composed of proteins, vegetable proteins or ingredients such as creatine are also worth looking for in a good purple shampoo and conditioner. The same goes for B-vitamins, which are essential for the maintenance of healthy hair and hair growth:
- Creatine - is used for treatment and repair of damaged and over-processed hair. Helps strengthen the hair and stimulate the production of keratin, which is the main component of hair. Has a moisturising and softening effect on hair roots, plus prevent frizzy hair locks.
- Panthenol (Provitamin B5) - is converted into vitamin B5 upon contact with the scalp and helps stimulate hair growth.
To provide the fragile hair with an added extra in-depth nurture to compliment the moisturising silver shampoo, consider supplementing with good protein mask for your hair – maybe that’s especially relevant if you have dyed or bleached your hair?
CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE INGREDIENTS
For me, it’s vital that the products I use for my hair and skin, such as a purple shampoo and conditioner, are certified vegan, that they are natural, and preferably packed with amazing, organic ingredients. That way I know that I’m not exposing myself and my body to unnecessary substances that in the long run can be detrimental to my health. Luckily, HairLust has developed a silver shampoo and conditioner with these exact things in mind, so when I use HairLust products, I don’t have worry about if I’m doing harm to myself, to wildlife or the environment.
AVOID SLS/SLES SULPHATES
I recommend that you avoid products containing SLS/SLES including sulphate free shampoo, which are the harmful sulphates that dry out your hair and scalp. Also, avoid parabens and phthalates because they are known endocrine disruptors, and stay away from purple shampoo containing silicone because in the long run, it can be harmful and hinder other nutrients from thoroughly penetrate the hair strands.
Who Could Benefit From Using Purple Shampoo?
Have you also considered if a purple shampoo (silver shampoo) and conditioner might be right for your hair, but are still not sure?
A silver shampoo and conditioner with purple colour pigments are the perfect match for both blonde, light, and grey hair – whether it is coloured, bleached or natural. Silver shampoo and conditioner is used for maintaining light hair, to brighten up the colour or to fight and remove orange tones from your hair if it has turned yellow or orange from for example bleaching.
A purple shampoo that lightens the hair is even a great trick to maintain the colour of highlights, for instance, or if you have ombre or balayage hair with lighter colours. All in all, it’s the perfect tool to keep the beautiful, cold nuances in your bright hair locks.
Purple shampoo for grey hair - Is it safe?
How does a purple shampoo with colour pigment affect grey hair? In short, it works great on grey hair! After I introduced my mum to the product, she pretty much replaced her old shampoo bottle with a silver shampoo. Natural grey hair is often very delicate and fragile, and it tends to get a slightly yellowish hue if, for example, you stay in the sun a bit too much. If you use a silver shampoo for grey hair and a conditioner with purple pigments once in a while, maybe just once a week or a couple of times a month, you can actually avoid the warm, yellowish tones, while the neat, grey hair gets a refreshing boost when needed.
Don't be nervous about the colour pigments and the purple colour of the silver shampoo and conditioner, because they won't make your hair purple if you use the products according to the instructions, and if you don't leave either product in your hair for too long. A silver shampoo that lightens the hair will merely give the hair locks a colder hue so they don't look yellow or discoloured.